Gov. Hutchinson Unlikely To Try Ending King-Lee Joint Holiday This Year

May 5, 2016

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's unlikely to push this year to end the state's practice of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.

The Republican governor told reporters Thursday he still wants to remove Lee from the King holiday, but says there's no consensus among lawmakers for taking up the proposal during a special session on highways this month.

Proposals to end the joint holiday failed multiple times before a House committee last year after opponents said the separation would belittle Southern heritage. Hutchinson has said King deserves the holiday to himself to commemorate his role in the civil rights movement.

Hutchinson has said he'll call lawmakers back into session May 19 to take up his highway funding plan.